Here's our problem.. We are traveling to Cambodia 25-28 Sept 2010 and we just got our visas (B3) today. The problem is this passport of his ran out of pages. He is holding an Australian passport and he is planning to get a new passport tomorrow (Est TAT would be 10 days). How does he transfer the valid visa on to his new passport? What to do? We looked at the passport site of Australia and is pretty much crap and cannot provide any valid answers.
@xxxrainxxx: I had the same situation with my passport and visa. I had a new visa put into a passport that expired. I too wanted to get my visa transferred into my new passport. First, I went to immigration on Hang Bai street, and they said I could not do it and my employer had to do it for me. So I just left it as I was told that as long as I have a valid visa it would be ok. So, a week later I took a trip to Thailand. Going through immigration at Hanoi airport, I just showed them the two passports and they transferred the visa over into my new visa for me, for $10!!! I am still not sure why immigration at Hang Bai did not do this in the first place???
So I think as Long H suggests try going to immigration on Hang Bai first to get the visa transfer. See what happend from there???
If you mean handing it to immigration along with your plane ticket, yes -- it's fixed right away. I hand both to the immigration guy, who hands them (and me) over to a superior who took my to a side office to wait, while the two passports went elsewhere for a few minutes. I can't remember if I paid before the transfer was done or after, but it was only $10. I've done this twice in the airport.
If you mean if you are not immediately getting onto a plane, but want to go out to the airport and have it sorted beforehand, my answer is that I don't know.
The times I have had this process done not at the airport, it's taken a few days via my office. I don't know where they took it; I imagine the ministry of immigration (as earlier posts mentioned).
I really appreciate your answers.. we have the tickets already for our flight on the 25th, we should get the new passport from Australia hopefully this coming Friday and so I thought we should get it done the following day at Noi Bai. What do you think? Uhm, is it okay to get the referrals from your office?
That was my point in the earlier email -- I don't know if you can get it done in advance of your intended departure at the airport, but you can waltz in on the 25th, after you've checked in your luggage, and get it down then!!!! I can't stress enough that you are making more work and hassles for yourself by doing something other than that method. I am a super anxious traveler, and the idea of having the visa in the wrong passport absolutely freaked me out, but it went smoothly both times.
Okay, just an update guys,
We went to Noi Bai Friday night and asked for the immigration office. Don't ask the guards, they know nothing. We went to the 2nd floor's Immigration Office and told the immigration about our predicament. (We prepared a Vietnamese translation written down for our concern). 15 minutes later, all done.
We did not need to present any plane tickets at all. Hope this helps.
I just left Vietnam for some travel and on my arrival back, where they have the "visa on arrival" booth, I gave them both of my passports, the canceled (where the visa was) one and the new one and in about 10 minutes or so they had transferred the visa from the old canceled passport to the new one. No hassle at all, and all this for 10 dollars. Though I paid in dong..
It's very strange that you can have that problem. In most countries, you cannot apply for an Visa if it's validity runs longer then the expiring date of the passport.
If you run out of pages in your passport (and have to get a new one), then it differs per passport and visa. Many visa's have the ID-code of your passport in it, and the ID-code of the passport changes for most passports when you get a new passport. So in many cases, you have to get a new visa instead of transferring the old one.
All the anecdotal evidence I heard from a range of people I respect and trust is that transferring your visa from old passport to new is best done at the airport. Well and good.
Unfortunately, I didn't have that option. For whatever reason, the last visa I was issued with was a B1 (from Sydney). Sounds flashy and cool (can work for the government etc) but ultimately presented a small roadblock at immigration. The best advice I received from local contacts was to get it done through immigration on Tran Phu but have my 'sponsoring organisation' do the paper work. Actually it's my wife's sponsor, not mine but that didn't matter.
I handed over the passports and paperwork and marriage certificate (remember this if you're a spouse like me) and the sponsoring org took care of everything. The stamping/processing fee via the red invoice from immigration is $15. Took a few days and more than a few phone calls, but all good now. Immigration took the liberty of changing my visa type to C2 (Other Purposes) during the process.
I have absolutely no doubt that in the majority of cases, rocking up to airport immigration will do the trick. Unless you have a non-standard visa to manage.
I went to the Ministry of Immigration here in Hanoi this morning to move my six-month tourist visa (issued in Sihanoukville) to my new passport. Firstly they said 'wow' when they saw the visa, and said that the consulate in Sihanoukville doesn't have the right to issue visas for six months (which I fully believe, so didn't argue with that). But then they said I can only get a two-week visa, which was not great (and a bit ironical since I don't even need a visa for a two-week stay in Vietnam). So the airport definitely seems to be a better option. (I cannot go there, since will leave Vietnam by train the next time.)
Hello hello. I'm going to get my passport renewed at the Indian Embassy here in Hanoi and I have a tourist visa on my existing passport that runs out in the beginning of May 2015. I'm planning on flying to Bangkok for a visa run in May and I intend to get a new visa on arrival on my new passport.
I was wondering if anyone has recently tried leaving the country with two passports, where the visa is still on the old one. And if yes, did you still have to pay just 10 USD and did you have any trouble with the guys at immigration?